A teenager who was stabbed to death in a ‘revenge attack’ when two gangs clashed has been remembered as a ‘humble’ and ‘sweet’ man who loved basketball.
The brawl between the groups of African youths began at about 5pm at O’Callaghan Park in Zillmere, in Brisbane‘s northern suburbs, on Sunday.
Girum Mekonnen, 19, died at the scene of the melee which left ten injured with two others clinging to life in hospital.
A friend who attended Kedron State High School with the victim said he was a ‘humble, sweet character’ who enjoyed playing basketball at lunch.
‘I don’t even want to imagine what his family are going through right now,’ they told the Courier Mail.
A loved one said Mr Mekonnen was ‘someone I will never forget’.
Another victim is on life support and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming told the publication he believes the stoush was vengeance for an attack at nearby Redbank Plains on September 8 when a 21-year-old Sudanese man was beaten with a baseball bat outside a Woolworths.
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